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A court sitting
in Abeokuta is set to hear a suit filed by 75 Demoted monarchs by the Ogun state
government over the decision of Governor Abiodun’s  downgrading of their positions as
it asks for a reversal of their demotion.   

THE 75 Coronet
monarchs demoted by Ogun State Government have dragged Governor Dapo Abiodun to
court for a reversal of their downgrading.


Although, speculations are rife  that the hearing is scheduled for April 27th at a high
court sitting in Abeokuta, urban express News Online, however, gathered that the suit
equally joined the Commissioner for
Local Government & Chieftaincy Affairs; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of
Local Government & Chieftaincy Affairs; House of Assembly and the State
Attorney General as Defendants, the aggrieved monarchs said their upgrading,
which took effect from May 13, 2019, is pursuant to Sub-Section (1) & (2)
of Section 25 of the Chiefs Law, Laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2006.

Former Governor
Ibikunle Amosun had upgraded the Baales as Coronet Obas of their respective
communities at the twilight of his administration.

But the
Chieftaincy Review Committee set up by Abiodun recommended the reversal of
their appointments.

In the
originating summon, a copy of which The Nation obtained, the monarchs are
seeking an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the defendants either
by themselves or through their agents, servants, privies or any other persons
acting for them from preventing them from acting, parading or referring to
themselves as Coronet Obas, having been earlier upgraded, appointed and
promoted by the state government.

The claimants
are therefore seeking a declaration that the activities and recommendation of
the review committee is an afterthought and a nullity.

They also
sought: “A declaration that the defendants are estopped from reversing or
revoking the upgrading, appointment and promotion of the Claimants as Coronet
Obas in Ogun State and/or preventing Claimants from acting, parading or
referring to themselves and being referred to as Coronet Obas of their
respective communities.

” A declaration
that the Defendants cannot capriciously reverse or revoke the upgrading,
appointment and promotions of the Defendants in the absence of any complaint
against the upgrading, appointment and promotion of the Claimants duly brought
to the attention of the Claimants for their defence/response.

“An order
setting aside the purported reversal or revocation of the Claimants upgrading,
appointment and promotion as Coronet Obas in Ogun State; an order compelling
the Defendants to rescind forthwith the purported reversal and/or revocation of
the upgrading, appointments and promotion of the Claimants as Coronet Obas of
their respective communities…”

The monarchs are also
seeking compelling the Defendants to pay all remunerations and entitlements due
but unpaid to each of them over their respective communities from May 13, 2019,
when their upgrading took effect till date and thereafter

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